Friday Five – 5 Places I’d Like to Run

Welcome to the Friday Five Linkup, hosted by my blog buds/local tweeps
Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?!,
Courtney at EatPrayRunDC and
Mar at Mar on the Run.
This week’s theme is “5 Places You’d Like to Run”.  Make sure to stop by their blogs for their picks and hop along to the other bloggers in the linkup, featured at the bottom of their pages!

Note – I posted 5 places I’d like to run in an earlier Friday Five, Run section – below are new places. I picked these locations for their beauty, and the runs are primarily trail runs. Though I have not in the past run trails very much, I hope to eventually do more trail running. These places are so pretty they tempt me!

  • Avenue of the Giants, California – Not sure whether I’d do a race there or just try to find a trail to run on my own. The redwoods are so beautiful and imposing. A friend who hiked there said it was an amazing experience.
  • Bryce Canyon, Utah – There’s a set of ultra races here. I’ve seen photos from those races that make me want to run the easiest, safest, shortest, most beautiful trail I can find there. Fast Cory has some great photos on his blog here and here. (he’s a fun read, super-enthusiastic, with great photos)
  • Lake Tahoe, Nevada – You can do a marathon, double or triple marathons there! (and now a new 200 mile race) But I might want to just run, some pretty easy trail section with a good view.
  • Mercer Island, Washington – A friend of mine just moved there and sent me photos of a gorgeous trail run near her house. I’d love to see her and run that trail with her! I’m not sure which trail it is, but here’s a map of trails there. They have a half marathon, which has some photos on their site.
  • Torrey Pines Reserve/Beach, California – Again, beautiful trees, but also ocean, rocks and sand. Google provided these photos.

And, a bonus “where I’d like to run” :

  • Boulder, Colorado – I was there once for three days for a work conference. While I was there I ran on one of the trails in town. I loved the town, the vibe and the run and would love to go back and explore. Though I don’t like huge races, I wouldn’t mind running the BolderBoulder 10k, held on Memorial Day. (crazy fun, from what I’ve read). I’ve heard nothing but good about the trails and runners in the area as well as Boulder itself. Boulder reminded me a bit of Arizona and southern California (I was there in June) with the mountains, trees and outdoor culture – but better. I think it would be a great place to live.  

Where would YOU like to run? Have anything to share about my list above, or the prior list? (tips, run specifics) Share in the comments or on twitter.

Thanks for reading, and happy Friday!